Asia A. Eaton

Asia A. Eaton
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a minor in Statistics from the University of Chicago, 2009
  • B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University, 2002

Research Interests

Broadly, my research explores the relationship between social power and gender in the U.S. and the implications of enacting powerful roles and gender roles for individuals’ attitudes and behaviors.

Gender, power, and the workplace: In my first line of research, I am exploring perceptions of men and women at work and how men and women experience and enact high-power and leadership roles. Some of my research has examined men and women entrepreneurs' personalities and business goals in the U.S., finding that women entrepreneurs' higher levels of agreeableness leads them to prioritize social goals in their firms more than men, while men's lower levels of agreeableness explains their higher prioritization of business growth goals. Moreover, these differences in agreeableness and in commitment to social vs. growth goals helps to explain women entrepreneurs’ lower business revenues and fewer efforts at business growth. I have also examined how gender differences in the psychological tendencies of systemizing and empathizing help explain occupational gender segregation in certain fields, including management and scientific/technical fields. Presently, I am examining differences in and explanations for men’s and women's different leadership trajectories. In a project with FIU's College of Business Administration, I am tracking a sample of MBA students over multiple years to determine whether or not successful women leaders actually rely on the leadership strategies suggested by experimental and anecdotal evidence (e.g. blending agency and communion). Finally, with my graduate student Renzo Barrantes, I am examining stereotypes about gay male employees and how those stereotypes affect beliefs about gay men's suitability for masculine, feminine, and gender-neutral leadership positions in the workplace.

Gender, power, and intimate relationships: My second line of research examines power dynamics in romantic relationships. In research with Dr. Dionne Stephens, we examine the meanings that Black teens give to violence and coercion in romantic relationships, and how gender and cultural norms inform these meanings. More information about this research can be found here: I have also published research on how heteronormative beliefs may impact individual’s experiences with and attitudes towards sexual coercion. Finally, I have published on the variety and content of the scripts young people are actually using in initial romantic encounters today and whether alternative scripts to traditional dates, such as hanging out and hooking up, are also heavily based on male power and gender role norms. While traditional dates are still prominent in some subgroups of young adults, hanging-out has become an increasingly popular form of interaction and has the potential to be a relatively egalitarian initial romantic encounter script.

Select Publications

  • Eagly, A., Eaton, A., Rose, S., Riger, S., & McHugh, M. (In press). Feminism and psychology: Analysis of a half-Century of research on women and gender, American Psychologist
  • Eaton, A. A., & Rose, S. (2011). Has heterosexual dating become more egalitarian? A 35-year review using Sex Roles. Sex Roles, 64(11-12), 843-862.
  • Eaton, A. A., Visser, P. S., Krosnick, J. A., & Anand, S. (2009). Social power and attitude strength over the life course. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35,1646-60.
  • Eaton, A. A., & Visser, P. S. (2008). Attitudes. In Lavrakas, P. J. (Ed), Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods, SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Eaton, A. A., & Visser, P. S. (2008). Attitude importance: Understanding the causes and consequences of passionately held views. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2/4, 1719-1736.
  • Eaton, A. A., Majka, E. A., & Visser, P. S. (2008). Emerging perspectives on the structure and function of attitude strength. European Review of Social Psychology, 19, 165-201.

Courses Taught

  • WST 4931/PSY 4930/WST 5936: Women and Leadership (FIU)
  • SOP 3015: Social and Personality Development (FIU)
  • PSY 4916 & 4930: Power, Women, & Relationships Lab (FIU)
  • PSYC 20200: Psychological Research Methods (UChicago)
  • PSYC 21107: The Social Psychology of Gender and Power (UChicago)